Claire Laster Dog Trainer Chicago

Claire Laster, CPDT-KA

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Claire Laster, CPDT-KA - Dog Trainer at Tucker Pup's
Claire Laster, CPDT-KA
Dog Trainer
I provide private lessons and group classes at Tucker Pup's.

My passion for dogs started at an early age, when I became the neighborhood pet sitter and dog walker. As began to work with hundreds of dogs in the different daycares around the city, I realized how vital and beneficial having a solid and compassionate understanding with your pet is. I hope to work with owners and their pups to strengthen that bond, and to help create the ideal loving relationship we all strive to have with our dogs!

Work Experience

Before my current role, I taught Dropoff Training and puppy socials, and trained dogs here for Stay and Train.

Prior to Tucker Pup's, I was a receptionist at several large dog businesses in Chicago. I also worked as a dog handler and dog walker. These experiences have given me a strong foundation in customer service and dog behavior.


  • I earned my CPDT-KA certification from the Certification Council from Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).

  • I am Fear-Free Certified
  • Fear Free Certified

  • I have also taken courses with Karen Pryor Academy, a leading national academy for dog trainers.
  • Karen Pryor Academy

My Dog

I currently live in Wicker Park with my amazing, goofy, and slightly crazy mutt, Olivia. She always keeps me on my toes and challenges me to always be thinking in new ways.


Claire was so great and communicative in Turnkey Training. I knew my dog was not only safe, but engaged when he was with her. She demonstrated competence in her training, but also showed care to my dog.

- Victoria Fassl

Claire was amazing! She was very patient with the pups and owners when teaching them both new training exercises. She stresses the importance of positive reinforcement training and never suggested using the leash or a collar to control our dog. We enjoyed attending Claire's classes and our pup is already showing a lot of progress after this course!

- Nick Norder

My dog Hazel and I loved the training class with Claire! I wasn’t so sure at my first class - but Hazel and I learned so much and Hazel is thriving! Claire is an excellent trainer and understood each dog’s personality, and the training felt customized for each of us. All the dogs were successful. I’ve received compliments on Hazel’s behavior from people who knew her before I started training. We’re looking forward to continuing with training.

- Sandy Keyes

Claire's Upcoming Training Events

Upcoming Classes:

Puppy Manners
Starting Wed, May 29, 2024
7:15 pm
Tucker Pup's - West Loop

Adult Manners
Starting Thu, May 30, 2024
6:45 pm
Tucker Pup's Training Center

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